Where are you planning to go for your next vacation? Paris? Rome? New York? Las Vegas? Sydney? Unless you live nearby, you will likely be hopping a plane for at least part of the trip. Even frequent flyers and business travelers will benefit by going through the following tips.
Always dress in layers. It is easy to take something off if you are too warm waiting in the airport or seated in the plane. However, if you are wearing short sleeves and do not have a jacket or sweater handy, you could be destined for a very cold experience. The less active you are, the more likely you are to feel chilled - even at normal room temperature.
Consider taking a backpack to use as a carry-on. Double-check the size before purchasing, to ensure that it meets airline requirements. A comfortable backpack can leave your hands free to deal with tickets, children, and other luggage. However, never place anything like passports or wallets in a backpack. They are easier for thieves to filch.
Airport x-ray equipment can adversely affect some medications, enzymes, and food products. Do your research before you go to avoid nasty surprises. The same goes for photographic film.
E-tickets are more environmentally friendly than regular paper tickets. Best of all, you will never lose or misplace an e-ticket!
Airport shuttles are cheaper than taxis, and often they can be reserved in advance. If you will be staying at a bed and breakfast, hostel, or hotel, check with the reservations desk to see if they have a shuttle or limo service. Many provide them as a free extra. Some lodging establishments charge a nominal extra fee.
It may sound like overkill, but natural cottons and wools will not melt to your skin if you are in an onboard fire. Besides the safety factor, they are more comfortable to wear while you travel, because they breathe better than most synthetics.
Do not guess at luggage weight. Weigh your suitcases before you leave home to make sure that they are within the maximum weight allowance. It is advisable to call the airlines to determine how many pieces of luggage and how much total weight they permit. Regulations vary.
Wear very comfortable, loose footwear for your flight. When sitting for long periods, your legs and feet tend to swell. Tight-fitting shoes can make you feel miserable after a very short time onboard.
You can save a lot of money if you do not mind being 'bumped'. Be sure to pack a couple of books or audio books, though, to prepare for long waits.
(c) Copyright Kathy Steinemann: This article is free to publish only if this copyright notice, the byline, and the author's note below (with active links) are included.
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